Details for Old Testament Poetry

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB510
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Caroline Batchelder


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Old Testament Poetry

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Summarise the various forms and uses of poetry in the Old Testament;
  • Analyse poetic techniques used in texts, such as imagery, parallelism and literary devices;
  • Critically analyse selected poetic texts from the Old Testament;
  • Demonstrate critical engagement with both primary and secondary texts;
  • Compare the use of poetic texts in a diversity of contexts in the Old Testament, such as their use in the home and cult as well as their rhetorical use by the prophets;
  • Describe the influence of Ancient Near Eastern poetry in the development of Hebrew poetry.

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Critical Essay (40%)
  • Exegetical Essay (40%)
  • Exam (20%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided

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